Dom Dwyer scored twice as Sporting Kansas City welcomed Graham Zusi and Matt Besler back into the starting lineup by beating Montreal Impact 2-1 at Stade Saputo. Marco Di Vaio scored the home team’s lone goal.
Dwyer’s first was scored in the early stages and his second was handed to him in the final minutes. The eccentric forward now has six goals in 3 matches against the Canadian club. SKC is still in second place in the Eastern Conference and Montreal is still in last place.
Besler announced his return from the World Cup with a beautifully lofted long throw-in that was headed in by Dwyer in the 4th minute. Troy Perkins came off his line but couldn’t get his hands on the ball.
Both sides struggled to create chances as they were content with passing the ball and hoping the opposing defense makes a mistake. However, Sporting was the better side. Dwyer couldn’t impact the game because he was crowded out every time he touched the ball.
The Impact attempted to catch SKC off-guard, but the attackers failed to find the final pass or were left alone on an island without any support.
Di Vaio’s goal in the 29th minute levelled the game. Justin Mapp did brilliantly to keep a cross in play and Di Vaio headed the ball into the far post for his third of the season.
A few minutes later, Andy Grenebeum made a big save to keep the game at 1-1. The veteran goalkeeper got his left hand on Romero’s powerful shot. The rebound would have fallen to Di Vaio if Aurellin Collin didn’t intervene.
SKC started the second half on the front foot and created multiple half chances. The most dangerous of the chances fell to midfielder Benny Feilhaber. The US international was played in on goal, but he took too many touches allowing Matteo Ferrari to make a sliding tackle.
Minutes after Feilhaber’s chance, Collin’s head connected with a Ghaham Zusi free kick, but the ball floated over the goal.
SKC kept on pressing and should have made Montreal’s defense pay for falling asleep. A long ball over the top was gathered by Jacob Peterson and the winger found Toni Dovale in space inside the box. The Brazilian didn’t make clean contact with the ball, but still got his shot off, prompting Troy Perkins to make a fantastic save.
SKC should have been awarded a penalty kick when Krol handled Besler’s throw-in, but the referee chose not to penalize the young defender.
Montreal pushed for the game-winner in front of its fans and Houssan Camara had a chance to be the hero. The French defender picked up a loose ball, got past two defenders , but instead of passing, he pulled the trigger. His shots didn’t bother the ‘keeper.
Moments later, a gaffe by Heath Pearce and Perkins handed Dwyer his 14th goal of the season. Pearce and Perkins failed to deal with a harmless situation and CJ Sapong’s pressure paid off as the ball deflected right into Dwyer’s feet. The English forward passed the ball into the empty net.